You know what no one says on his death bed? "If only I could have snarked more from the sidelines."
— Chris Jones (@MySecondEmpire) June 6, 2012
"From the sidelines" is a sports term. "Cheering from the sidelines" can be a nice phrase. It means "I am rooting you on while watching you play." If we are not clothed in rags and eating from dumpsters on Sunday, we will be cheering on New York Marathon runners from the "sidelines," perhaps as they hop downed power lines along the shore after they cross the Verrazano.
But sometimes the "game" in question is a metaphor. And if you [...]